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im2smrt4u 08-30-2005 11:08 AM

I rode a little Honda 250 (CBF250 IIRC?) at the Honda Rider's School. It was pretty sweet!

Pretty powerful for a small bike, but easy to handle. Six speeds, great brakes (went from 20 km/h to 0 in 8 feet in the riders test), and a fuel gauge even!

WickedAngel 08-31-2005 07:02 PM

Does anyone here have any opinions on cruisers? Are they too cumbersome for beginners?

The reason I ask is that I'm looking at a Yamaha XV700 Virago. It's in superb condition, but the bike is extremely heavy (I believe it is around 450lbs).

I'm also looking at a Kawasaki 800a Vulcan and I believe the weight is similar.

SoulChaser 09-01-2005 05:59 AM

The bike I am riding now (it is also the bike I first rode other than a dirt bike) is a Vulcan 800 classic, The weight is all very low to the ground unlike sportbike and sport tourers which are pretty top heavy. In the last two weeks I have done about 150 miles on the Vulcan and hope to do a few more tonight. Just take it easy to you get the feel of the bike and you should be fine :)

im2smrt4u 09-01-2005 11:10 AM

[QUOTE=WickedAngel]Does anyone here have any opinions on cruisers? Are they too cumbersome for beginners?

The reason I ask is that I'm looking at a Yamaha XV700 Virago. It's in superb condition, but the bike is extremely heavy (I believe it is around 450lbs).

I'm also looking at a Kawasaki 800a Vulcan and I believe the weight is similar.[/QUOTE]
My first bike is my Yamaha V-Star 1100 Silverado. 640 lbs.

How big are you?

WickedAngel 09-01-2005 11:52 AM

I'm 6'2, 185. Athletic build, long legs.

Brock 09-01-2005 02:18 PM

how big would you say is too big for a kawasaki 250...

im2smrt4u 09-01-2005 06:31 PM

[QUOTE=WickedAngel]I'm 6'2, 185. Athletic build, long legs.[/QUOTE]
Shounds like you should be able to handle a heavier cruiser. Just don't buy a gold wing! :lol:

Berticus 09-02-2005 04:11 PM

anyone have any gear recommendations for non-leather armor or helmets? streetbike style

IceMan713 09-02-2005 05:24 PM

[QUOTE=Brock]how big would you say is too big for a kawasaki 250...[/QUOTE]
i'm 150lbs and the bike is slow

Brock 09-03-2005 11:32 AM

[QUOTE=IceMan713]i'm 150lbs and the bike is slow[/QUOTE]

i'm 5'9" 190lbs, which is why i'm asking, really want to pick up a 250 heh.

McKnight 09-03-2005 06:22 PM

[QUOTE=IceMan713]i'm 150lbs and the bike is slow[/QUOTE]

lol....


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the little bike that could :cool:

also while I was at it [url]http://www.imagerage.com/viewimage.php?file=/pic3/qcm97617.jpg[/url]

IceMan713 09-05-2005 06:12 PM

meh, in light of recent events(my spirited riding like 5 min ago) i'd say the bike is pretty peppy for me when it's warmed up, but YMMV, if i were you, i'd at least go for a 500

karax 09-05-2005 10:56 PM

[QUOTE=IceMan713]meh, in light of recent events(my spirited riding like 5 min ago) i'd say the bike is pretty peppy for me when it's warmed up, but YMMV, if i were you, i'd at least go for a 500[/QUOTE]

500s are good learners. I love mine, but its time to go up....sooo if anyone in the New England area wants to buy a 96 gs500 in wonderful condition let me know :p

Social Misfit 09-05-2005 11:43 PM

Would a brand new Yamaha R6 be too much for me? I'm 6'3, 260lbs. Reason being is tomorrow i'm going to a Yamaha shop that just opened up in town to see if the owner might hire me, since he knows my dad. Last time I was there for their grand opening they had a 2005 R1 in jewel blue and I fell in love, but I probably don't need nearly 1000CC's of motor under me for my first bike, and the fact that it was $11,000 kind of throws me off. But the R6 seems to be a bit more in my range. Whats the motobike gods opinions?

im2smrt4u 09-06-2005 09:32 AM

[QUOTE=Social Misfit]Would a brand new Yamaha R6 be too much for me? I'm 6'3, 260lbs. Reason being is tomorrow i'm going to a Yamaha shop that just opened up in town to see if the owner might hire me, since he knows my dad. Last time I was there for their grand opening they had a 2005 R1 in jewel blue and I fell in love, but I probably don't need nearly 1000CC's of motor under me for my first bike, and the fact that it was $11,000 kind of throws me off. But the R6 seems to be a bit more in my range. Whats the motobike gods opinions?[/QUOTE]
No fucking way.

An R1 or R6 would be way to much if you ask me. I'd look at the FZ6, but I'm not sure how well you'd fit considering how tall you are. You might not fit on the R6 either.


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